Sociological Imagination: Western’s Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal

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The ‘Other’ Colour Barrier of Sport: The Role of Hegemonic Masculinity in Leaving the LGBT Community on the Sidelines of Sport


In “The ‘other’ colour barrier of sport,” I examine how hegemonic masculinity operates to keep members of the LGBT community on the sideline of sports by way of homophobia. I argue that this barrier that exists today for the LGBT community is similar to other historical barriers that have excluded other marginalized groups from participating within the social institution of sport (most notably for African America athletes like Jackie Robinson). Accordingly, through positive exposure to LGBT athletes, education, and the promotion of tolerance and acceptance of others, the homophobic subculture within sport can be dismantled to allow these athletes to ‘come out and play.’

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